Dart Charge help page
This page provides guidance and tips on common tasks and issues related to the Dart Charge service, including managing your account and making payments.
How to set up an account
Visit Pay the Dartford Crossing charge, click ‘Start now’ and select the option ‘Sign in or set up a Dart Charge account’.
You can also open a pre-pay account by post. Download an application form here.
Unable to log in
You can log in to your Dart Charge account here.
You’ll need to use the email address registered on your Dart Charge account. If you have multiple email addresses, please check you’re using the correct one.
A small number of customers are unable to log in because they have two accounts registered with the same email address. If you're one of these customers, we'll contact you about this. To discuss this further, please call us on 0300 300 0120.
If you don’t know your password, click the ‘Forgotten your password’ link on the sign-in page. You’ll be asked to enter the email address linked to your Dart Charge account, and then to create a new password. There will be guidance to make sure your password meets Dart Charge requirements.
If you’ve opted in for 2-factor authentication, you’ll be asked to select a verification method before creating your new password.
Changing your name and address
Log into your Dart Charge account, select ‘Account management’ and then select ‘Profile’ to change your personal details.
Adding and removing vehicle number plates
Log into your Dart Charge account, select ‘Vehicle management’ and then ‘Vehicle list.’ Select the ‘Add a vehicle’ or ‘Delete vehicles’ option.
Your account must have at least one vehicle listed on it so please add any new vehicles before removing any old ones.
Viewing your crossing history
We’re aware that some customers have faced issues when trying to view their crossing history online. This issue is now resolved and you should be able to view your crossing history by logging into your Dart Charge account.
We’re aware that some customers have faced issues when trying to view or download statements online. We’ve fixed this issue and you should now be able to view account statements by logging into your Dart Charge account. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Your account status
Please check the status of your account by logging into your Dart Charge account. The status should be ‘Open.’ If any other status is displayed, please contact us on 0300 300 0120 to find out why.
What to do if your account is dormant
Your account will be marked as dormant if you don’t have:
- a vehicle registration (number plate)
- a valid payment method
- enough money in your Dart Charge account to pay for a crossing
Or if you haven’t made a crossing in more than 12 months.
Your account can be brought out of dormancy by correcting the issue on your account. Please be aware that these may be different depending on the type of account you have. For further support, please contact us on 0300 300 0120.
What to do if your account is suspended
You can unsuspend your account by topping it up to at least the minimum low-balance threshold or by making payment for any unsettled crossings.
How to close an account
Any money held on your account at the time of closure will be refunded back to you using the same payment method we received the payment from. Please be aware that refunds to your debit or credit card can take up to 10 working days. This can be significantly longer for refunds made by cheque.
How to pay
There are several options for paying the crossing charge.
Setting up a Dart Charge account will give you the following options:
- Pre-pay – you can set up a Direct Debit or opt-in for automatic top-ups
- Pay as you go – you just need to add a valid payment card to their Dart Charge account online and we will take payments as and when you cross
If you don’t have a Dart Charge account, you can still make payments online by visiting 'Pay the Dartford Crossing charge' and clicking ‘Start now.’ On the next page, select the option that says ‘Pay for crossings without an account.’ You can:
- pay for recent crossings, or
- pay for crossings you’ll be making in the future.
You can also make payments for crossings by calling us on 0300 300 0120.
Setting up Direct Debits
Log into your Dart Charge account and add a new payment method under the ‘Account management’ section.
Automatic top-up and Direct Debit issues
We’re aware that some customers have been impacted by an issue where we were not able to take payments through automatic top-up or Direct Debit. In some cases, payments would appear on your Dart Charge account, but no money left your bank account. This issue has now been resolved and we’ll resume taking your payments as normal. We’ll be requesting any payments we’ve not received over the coming weeks and will notify you separately about this. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Is Dart Charge inclusive of VAT?
Dart Charge users do not need to pay VAT on top of crossing charges and Penalty Charge Notices.
How to check online if auto top-up is set up
You can manage your payment methods and information by selecting ‘Payment’ under the ‘Account management’ section of your Dart Charge account.
How to check pre-paid crossings
You can check which crossings you’ve paid for by logging into your account and selecting the ‘Check which crossing you’ve paid for’ option.
Has your card been re-validated?
The easiest way to find out if your card needs re-validating is to log into your account. If your payment card has still not been re-validated, you’ll be asked to do so once you’ve logged in.
Customers who have experienced a failed payment on their account will be required to re-add payment methods as your card will have been removed from your account.
Requesting a refund
You can request a refund either by raising an online enquiry or by speaking to one of our representatives on 0300 300 0120.
Your payment hasn’t been taken/failed payments
If we’ve not been able to take a payment from you, this could be for one of the following reasons:
- There was not enough money in your account to cover the payment
- We don’t have your correct bank details
- Your payment card hasn’t been re-validated since 28 July 2023
- There may be an issue with your account
You can pay for crossings, update your bank details and re-validate your payment card by logging into your Dart Charge account. You can also contact one of our representatives on 0300 300 0120 to assist you.
You’ve not received a payment receipt
If you’ve not received a receipt for a recent payment, please check all folders, including spam, of the email address linked to your Dart Charge account.
If you still don’t have the receipt, you can speak to one of our representatives on 0300 300 0120 who can re-issue the receipt.
You can view your payment history by logging into your Dart Charge account and selecting ‘Account management’ and then ‘Payment.’
You made a crossing, but nothing is showing on your account
Crossings will not appear on your account until after midnight of the day you make the crossing.
If you’re a pre-pay, pay-as-you-go, or business customer, the payment will be taken automatically.
Non-account holders can pay online or over the phone by calling 0300 300 0120.
You’ve been charged at the wrong rate
Pre-pay customers on a Standard or Business account using Category B vehicles should be charged at £2.00 per crossing. If you’ve been charged more than this amount, and your vehicle is a car (including trailer), motorhome or minibus that has 9 or less seats (including the driver’s seat,) please call Dart Charge on 0300 300 0120.
Pay-as-you-go and one-off crossings for Category B vehicles are charged at £2.50. If you've paid for a crossing online using the 'pay for crossings without an account' option, you'll be charged the full rate of £2.50.
You can find a full breakdown of vehicle classes and charges here.
If your local council is Dartford Borough Council or Thurrock Council, you’re eligible for our Local Residents Discount Scheme (LRDS).
You can apply for this discount when you open an account online.
You can also open an account by post by downloading an application form.
We're aware that some LRDS plans did not transfer correctly to our new supplier. If you're having problems with your plan, including making renewals, please call us on 0300 300 0120 and select the 'Local Resident Discount Scheme' option.
Charging hours are between 6am and 10pm, seven days a week. The crossing is free to use outside of these hours.
There are currently two email addresses associated with Dart Charge enquiries.
You can email us at email@example.com. A response to this email will come from firstname.lastname@example.org